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NASA Tech Talks

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Category: Academic Network, Aerospace, Community & Engagement, Corporate Innovators, Founders & Startups, Investors & Capital, Networking


Forum Stairs



March 28, 2024
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT


4201 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002


We want HOU! Join us to discover NASA’s toughest tech challenges and apply your skills and expertise to solve them.

Featured Program: Keeping Humans Alive in Space

Human bodies change in space. Their delicate physiology requires oxygen and expires carbon dioxide. Other considerations are less obvious: invisible radiation, muscle atrophy, bone loss, and more. This fascinating presentation explores the ways that habitats and spacesuits support life.

Program Partner and Moderator

In these presentations, occurring on the fourth Thursday of the month, Mr. Montgomery Goforth, Assistant Director, Strategic Pursuits & Partnerships – Engineering Directorate, NASA JSC, and other aerospace subject matter experts will discuss the technology development challenges faced by NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) and the surrounding Aerospace community in our ongoing efforts as the hub of human spaceflight. Presentations will focus on how these challenges, and the associated opportunities, can be leveraged by Houston’s innovation community.
Join us after the talk for drinks and networking at Second Draught!
NASA Tech Talks topics include dual-use (space/terrestrial) technologies and focus areas in:
  • Avionics / Communication / Sensors
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for ultra-long-lived wireless sensors
  • Power Storage and Distribution
  • Autonomous & Robotics Systems
  • Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) Systems
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality in Human Spaceflight Training & Execution
  • Human Health & Performance / Human Systems Research
  • NASA Intellectual Property suitable for commercialization by small/start-up companies
  • Orion’s parachutes and risk identification and mitigation strategies
  • Leveraging Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for ultra-long-lived wireless sensors
  • Featured speakers from Intuitive Machines and Orbital Mining Corporation

About the Speakers:

Julie N. Strickland, PMP

With almost 20 years in the aerospace industry, Julie N. Strickland is an experienced engineer, program manager, and innovator. She earned her degree in mechanical engineer so that she could facilitate space exploration. After all, her older brothers had raised her on a steady diet of science fiction, from Star Trek and Star Wars to Asimov and Bradbury. She is a space enthusiast to her core!

Strickland holds five patent awards with many others in the pipeline. The book Strawberry Innovation: The Practical Guide for Innovating within a Fortune 50 Company, which contains all the wisdom that Strickland has gathered over years of developing inventions, will be published later this year. She is available for presentations and private workshops to teach the innovation process and to brainstorm on your toughest problems.

  • Strawberry Innovation
  • Spacesuit Engineer, Author, Innovator
  • Master’s degree, Material Science & Engineering, University of North Texas (UNT)
  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (UT)

Montgomery B. Goforth has over 30 years of experience as both an Engineer and Manager in various highly technical space and defense-related efforts. He joined NASA in 1990 as part of the Mission Operations Directorate, working on planning systems and automated procedure execution tools for the International Space Station (ISS). He became Deputy Project Manager for the Portable Computer System, the laptop used for command and control of the ISS, in 1996. He became Chief of the Branch responsible for all laptops onboard the ISS and the Space Shuttle.


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